Blueprint for expansion
design student Claire Biddick has helped a Cornwall-based
business increase its design-oriented turnover by almost 70
percent since starting work there.
The Design Bureau is part of the Quintdown Group, which has
offices in Newquay, Truro and Camborne, and is now due to
expand with an office move.
Claire, who lives in St Columb Major, graduated from Bath
Spa University in Graphic Design in 2004. She was able to
return to her home county to work because of Unlocking Cornish
Potential (UCP), a scheme which places graduates with businesses.
A Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative, UCP is run
by Cornwall College and has received Objective One investment.
The scheme subsidises the graduate's wages for up to
one year and also provides a mentor for advice.
Under the UCP scheme Claire began work for the Design Bureau
in November 2004. The company specialises in high quality
design, printing, and copying for local businesses. Clients
include St Michaels Mount, the Royal Cornwall Museum and Nanette Martin.
Claire was initially based in the company's Newquay
branch undergoing relevant training before her move to Truro
in February 2005. Since being in the Truro branch there has
been up to a 70% increase in turnover for the design studio.
"Unlocking Cornish Potential has been of great benefit
to me," said Claire. "I didn't think
I would be able to get a job in Cornwall that I was qualified
and paid well enough for. I was taken on as a designer but
have since done a lot of other training, including asset management,
customer services and communications."
This training has helped build Claire's self confidence
and has gained her new skills which have enabled Claire to
undertake new responsibilities by co-coordinating the Design
and Print Studio at the Design Bureau.
The company is soon due to move the office to Lemon Street
and is hoping to employ a second graduate in the near future.
John Jay, managing director, said: "We are delighted
with how Unlocking Cornish Potential has helped The Quintdown
Group; we have had two excellent people through the scheme,
Claire Biddick now senior designer at our Truro branch, The
Design Bureau and Ffinlo Kilner who has become the managing
director of Quintdown Web. We're so impressed that we
are now looking to take another candidate for Quintdown Marketing."
Louise Oldham, UCP project officer, said: "This
is an excellent example of how UCP can help graduates to return
to Cornwall to gain a good career. Supported by a mentor and
linking Claire with training to develop her business skills
I believe have strongly influenced the Design Bureau Truro
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Unlocking Cornish Potential
through the European Social Fund (ESF).
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